distraction

Hi, my name is Sara, and I struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder.

I just closed 13 tabs so I could sit and write for 15 minutes without that distraction. My kids know that it’s park time in 30 minutes. My brain allows me to write, but only when the itch strikes.

Story time:

My last job was back in 2016. I loved it! I was working part-time at a health food store. The knowledge was pouring in and I was absorbing every morsel. I only stayed there for 2 months. (in that 2 months I also was on holidays for 2 weeks) I came home from those to be told that I was on the verge of losing my job because of the way I worked. Start a job, move to the next, help a customer, get sidetracked, move back to the first job and so on. That’s how I work. That is literally my life in a nutshell. (I quit my job, because I am stubborn and at the time didn’t know I had a problem.)

I’ve had a dozen jobs since I was 15 –hello 20 years!

Since this situation, I’ve come to understand what I am going through. It also opened the flood gates that explained so much of my life as a child and early adulthood. University would have been that much “easier” if I had the resources to deal with ADD.

I now have two sons who exhibit similar behaviors.

Present Day:

This morning, during my devotions and bible time, I was listening to a podcast on leadership from Craig Groeschel titled ‘Your Most Focused Year Ever. I don’t want to just pass the time by in my life. I want to be focused on what matters the most. I want to be a leader in my immediate family, as well as leading women from all over the world.

I’ve been focusing on – not necessarily the wrong things – but too many things. Too many directions. I have one too many tabs open in my brain. I need to become focused on what God has for my life and the rest will either fall away or happen at some point in my life. I am not ready to balance 9,124 ‘things’ in my life.

  1. daughter of the One True King
  2. wife
  3. mom
  4. health and wellness coach
  5. makeup artist
  6. landlord
  7. traveller
  8. caregiver
  9. cancer patient
  10. ADD
  11. maker of things (crafts)

Some of those are dreams, some of those are works in progress. All of them are on my horizon this year. Obviously momming and wifehood will be around for awhile. Cancer, I am going to kick it’s ass to the curb. ADD I will be managing continually. Travelling is on the back burner. I do plan on travelling locally and exploring our beautiful Saskatchewan prairies in 2021!

My distractions?

  1. SOCIAL MEDIA How can something I run my business from be a distraction? EASY. I get so wrapped in scrolling, especially when my mood is sour. But ya know what? It puts me into an even bigger funk! Go figure! (insert sarcasm here)
  2. The devil. He is a liar. He wants to see us fail. He doesn’t have any good about him. The minute your feet hit the floor he looks for ways to torment.

I challenge you to take a listen to the podcast above. Secondly, women and mamas especially…catalog your to-do’s, your dreams, throw em on a vision board. What is thee most important ticket on there? What can you scrap? How many hours can you save without distractions? You’ll be amazed at the productivity level after you become focused on the best year yet.

Peace, love & cheesecake,

Coach D ✌️

OLW 2021

Happy New Year friends! Welcome to the year that has taken so long to arrive. You can say you have lived through a pandemic. We’ve loved, we’ve lost, we’ve broken down, we’ve gained control…..

Some may be thinking that it was the crap-tastic year of their lives; others may be thinking it was the most phenomenal year of their lives. Which one are you?

Today I encourage you to Relax. Reflect. Return. Look into your heart, and ask yourself who you are today. Are you where you want to be? Are you the best version of yourself? (i hope not, because we can always strive to be better versions of ourself!)

I’ve done OLW (one little word) for about 10 years now. This year is no different. My OLW for 2021 is STEADFAST.

My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.

psalms 57:7

stead·fast/ˈstedˌfast/adjective

  1. resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.”steadfast loyalty”

I’m also starting out 2021 doing Gretchen Rubin’s ‘The Happiness Project”. Have you heard of it or her?! It’s a great book! Add it to your 21 for 2021 list!

I pray abundance over your year. I pray for wisdom & kindness to fill your hearts…

Happy New Year!

Cheers, Coach D

Stick to it Mama

Full Moon, halloween, end of the month….change in weather….I don’t really know.

My offspring have made it near impossible for me to focus this week. Nevermind me, but their attention spans seem to be that of Dory (Finding Nemo anyone?).

This week has been crunch time for a few things. I am part of an online tradeshow, 12 Days of Christmas (thanks Allyson!), I am speaking at a homeschool retreat this week as well as leading a fitness sesh, while I am super grateful for all of these opportunities, I am finding myself straying from keeping the house in balance, teaching the munchkins, dreaming of our future home, and contemplating heading back into the workforce (part-time). All the while, worrying about an election I have no control over, worrying about my friends and family in these insane times…on top of not being quite sure if my prayers are being heard….God, can you hear me?

The song Truth Be Told by Matthew West hit me this past weekend.

I say I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not

I’m broken

And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control but it’s not

And you know it

I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it

When being honest is the only way to fix it

There’s no failure, no fall

There’s no sin you don’t already know

So let the truth be told

This hit home, and I released everything to God! It felt so amazing to just let go. It will all work out. The kids will settle, we will find the perfect house, the things I worry about seem so small compared to the big picture of heaven.

So, I just need to keep on praying, trusting, following, believing, speaking the truth….and just keep swimming!

To the Heavy Hearted

All throughout my history, Your faithfulness has walked beside me, the winter storms made way for spring in every season from where I’m standing.

These days upon us are strange. We can shop wherever and whenever, but churches are scoffed at if we choose to attend. We push past each other in aisles at the supermarkets, but 6 feet apart in pews/chairs is frowned at. We can touch all the cereal boxes, and jugs of milk, but it is too much of a risk to pass around the offering plate. (I am now realizing I much like the offering plate at the alter anyways!)

What a mixed up world we are living in. Our days are numbered as we turn further and further away from our Creator. Now more than ever is the time to be standing up for what we believe in. Terry Noel, who spoke today at Prince Albert Bridge Ministry said it best when he stated that citizens could walk into a restaurant and openly praise our Lord for the abundance (food!), and yet now, we (most of us) will get right down to scarfing our meal back with a simple thanks (if that).

Show up, show your faith, pray out loud, show love! Pray over your neighbour, your family, your marriage! Pray for Saskatchewan, our Nation, our world. Pray for the persecuted!

Ariseshine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

Isaiah 60:1-2

For ever it seems, Christianity has been mocked.

Remember this: you had a purpose before anyone had an opinion!

Cheers,

Coach Dee